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'I've reasons to believe I was discriminated'

entertainment Updated: Aug 12, 2009 02:54 IST
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A day after claiming that the flat controversy arose because of a "miscommunication", Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi on Tuesday insisted he was denied an apartment by the housing society because he was Muslim and said he has reasons to believe for the discrimination.

"Yesterday at the hearing in the Minorities Commission, I stuck to what I had said a week back about having reasons to believe that I faced discrimination on religious grounds," Hashmi told reporters in Mumbai.

He said the commission wanted to resolve the issue peacefully and that he would abide by its decision.

After a hearing at the commission, Hashmi had yesterday said that the dispute between him and suburban Nibbana housing society in posh Pali Hill in Bandra had arisen out of a "miscommunication" and that it has been resolved.

The 34-year-old actor and his lawyer Majeed Memon had on Monday said that the broker had told him that the society had refused to sell the flat as he was a Muslim.

On July 31, Hashmi had approached the Commission accusing the housing society of religious discrimination by not providing the NOC to him to purchase the flat.

"There were also a few other issues that were cleared on Monday. There was an accusation that my parents barged into the society meeting. The society members stated that they had not said this," Hashmi said.

"The society members and the flat owner said that may be there was a miscommunication and they had not denied me the flat on the basis of my religion," he said.